A friend in our group loved it too and commented that she'd someday have me letter it for her. She then entered into an advanced degree program in nursing school and got super duper busy! But a few weeks ago she hit me up on Facebook and said she was ready to begin the project! She wanted the quote written out "in a simple font on rustic background or canvas... not a lot of flourishes for me." No problem!
I suggested that it would be fuss-free and rustic if I did the lettering on a wood block that can be propped or hung. My client liked that idea, so the next step involved a trip to A.C. Moore. I found two wood options that would be big enough for such a long quote, keeping in mind the tip size of the Deco acrylic paint pens I've got experience with and would be using. (To my delight, A.C. Moore also sold those, so I didn't need to buy them online! Yay!) I sent a side-by-side picture to my client and she said she preferred the one on the left, which was about 12x12x2" and already fitted with a thin rope/thick twine for hanging.
Once the wood was stained, my work began. At home I pieced together a few sheets of paper to about 1/2" smaller than the 12x12" panel size because I didn't want lettering that would run to the edge, then I marked where the smaller pieces of wood met each other.
Once my sheet was divided into 6 equal segments (the wood pieces were each 2" wide, so my top and bottom sections were 1.75" wide because of the overall 1/2" margin), I eyeballed lettering to balance on the page - not so big that it would look chunky or not fit, but not so small that it would be drowned out by the wood. Also, I wanted to play with how to space the wording.
After determining that, I lined my practice paper top to bottom and wrote the quote out with the same type of pen I'd use for the wood. (This ensured that my letters were true to final sizing, thickness, etc.)
(You may notice that I started the quote on the second line, so I had to put the second line on top! Ha! Oops! It didn't matter though, as I'd be cutting off the pieces anyway.)
Once written, I cut each line out separately and was able to use them as templates for centering my final text:
I took a soapstone pencil (soft - wouldn't dent the wood) and drew very light guidelines, then began to letter carefully. (This wood was so textured that even the lightest lines didn't rub off easily, and I didn't want any residual marks left behind.)
Finally it was time to break out the acrylic paint pen! Here we go!
After the lettering was all finished, I let it dry overnight and rubbed away the extra soapstone lines. Then I sprayed it with a clear setting spray, which turned the crisp white into a soft creamy color (fits right into what my client wanted but still good to know for future reference!).
Home decor is very much a personal thing, so it's an honor to be asked to create something that will express another person's tastes! Thank you, dear client, for letting me make this for your home!